Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’ (Pittosporum ‘Silver Queen’)

Botanical name

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’

Other names

Tawhiwhi ‘Silver Queen’, Pittosporum ‘Silver Queen’, Kohuhu ‘Silver Queen’


Pittosporum Pittosporum

Variety or Cultivar

‘Silver Queen’ _ ‘Silver Queen’ forms round grey-green evergreen leaves edged in cream, and sparse small dark-purple flowers.




The flower is scented.


Bushy, Cushion or Mound Forming, Rounded


RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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Insignificant or absent, Dark-purple in Spring; Insignificant or absent, Dark-purple in Summer

Cream, Grey-green, Variegated in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Cushion scale , Pittosporum sucker

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings

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Where to grow

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’ (Pittosporum ‘Silver Queen’) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Hedging/Screens, Beds and borders, Containers, Wallside and trellises, Drought Tolerant


Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Protect in colder parts from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral


Partial Shade, Full Sun


South, East, West



UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’ (Pittosporum ‘Silver Queen’)

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens



Current status in UK


Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

Defra’s Risk register #2

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’ (Pittosporum ‘Silver Queen’)

; mango aphid

Aphis odinae



Aphid pest unlikely to survive in the UK and considered to be little or no pytosanitary risk.

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Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen

Available Sizes to buy online All Prices Include VAT Height Excluding Pot:
25-35cm (0ft 9-1ft 1)

Pot size: 3 Litres

Plant ID: 7034 64
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Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen

This image displays plant 25-35 cm tall.

Height Excluding Pot:
25-35cm (0ft 9-1ft 1)

Pot size: 3 Litres

Plant ID: 7034 64
Was £26.00 40% Off – Now £15.60

Was £26.00 40% Off – Now £15.60
Height Excluding Pot:
40-50cm (1ft 3-1ft 7)

Plant shape: silver queen

Pot size: 10 Litres

Plant ID: 1468 64
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Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen

This image displays plant 40-50 cm tall.

Height Excluding Pot:
40-50cm (1ft 3-1ft 7)

Plant shape: silver queen

Pot size: 10 Litres

Plant ID: 1468 64
Was £70.00 40% Off – Now £42.00

Was £70.00 40% Off – Now £42.00

Pittosporum Tenuifolium shrubs are bushy evergreen shrubs with delicate looking grey-green leaves with white margins originating from New Zealand. They provide ornamental foliage and structure to the garden. Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen is a variegated variety of these low growing pittosporum evegreens, popularly grown for their foliage and structure. Silver Queen has grey to green leaves that have a pretty white edging. From a distance Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen glows silvery-white.
In the springtime bell-shaped purple flowers appear in small clusters. These are not big and showy but do produce scent that attracts pollinators. Seeds will follow these flowers providing food for wildlife.
Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen will grow to a height of one and a half metres and spread over two metres unless you prune it to contain the spread.

How Hardy Is Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen?
Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen is frost hardy through most of the UK, but may struggle with foliage damage and stem dieback in consistently harsh temperatures, particularly if it’s placed in cold drying winds or water-logged areas.

How To Use Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen
Silver Queen’s showy foliage lifts a sheltered mixed border and breaks up a clashing mix of summer blooms. Make sure you plant Silver Queen with plenty of room to grow as she can develop into a large shrub.
Silver Queen’s leaves last a long time in cut flower arrangements and she can be pruned into a specimen shrub or even a medium-height hedge when several are planted together.
Try placing a Pittosporum Silver Queen somewhere you can see her from a window in winter as the evergreen foliage gives a bare garden a colourful boost.

How To Care For Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen
All Pittosporum Tenuifolium plants need some shelter from cold winds. Direct sun will encourage leaf colour but it will tolerate partial shade too.
A Silver Queen will grow best in loam, chalk and sandy soils of any pH, but it needs a well drained soil to avoid root rot. Little other care is needed once established. In the early years you will need to water your shrub regularly and a yearly application of mulch around the roots will boost its overall health.
You can trim Silver Queen all year round to keep the shape tidy and maintain a neat outline. If you prefer a wild look, simply leave the shrub to grow naturally.
The RHS have given Pittosporum Tenuifolium Silver Queen the award of garden merit for her attributes.

Other Pittosporum varieties in our online shop include pittosporum tobira nana (the dwarf low growing variety of the pittosporum tobira),and pittosporum tom thumb.

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If you’ve grown houseplants for as long as I have, and a huge variety of them to boot, you’ll have undoubtedly formed strong opinions about most of them. And these opinions will be biased, of course, because they’re mostly based on your own experiences that have either been successful or disastrous. Regardless of what the general consensus is about a plant, if it’s growing well for you, your opinion of it will be positive. And if it isn’t growing well, you’ll tell whoever is willing to listen to you ramble on about houseplants that sucks.
For example, I do not have fond memories of Helix hedera, commonly known as English ivy, so I will not sing it praises. Not that it would sing praises for me; what with the harsh way it ended up in the trash. My dislike of ivy has nothing to do with the fact that it has a reputation as being difficult (although it certainly does), just the fact that it’s difficult, really difficult, with me. The same is true about Gardenias and Alocasias; two beautiful plants that I’ve tried numerous times to grow (unsuccessfully, might I add), despite the warning that they’re rated ‘challenging’ by most plant growers. You see, popular opinion doesn’t matter to me; I need to experience each plant myself before I can give them up. Not that I always learn from my experiences, mind you. The jury is still out on the Alocasia; about whether I’m going to try again. Yeah, yeah, I know: “A fool and his money are soon parted”. That would be me.

Then there are other plants that have a reputation of being easy, and yet I can’t seem to get a grip on them. Philodendrons under my care, for instance, lose too many leaves or end up with some infestation or another. Of course, it is possible that I cause this grief since I move them around so much and tend to forget about them; in fact, I change their location so often (to make room for other plants) that they don’t know whether to put out new growth or drop leaves and go dormant. Why do I treat them so badly, you ask? Well, I suppose I take them for granted, assuming that they can handle unfavorable conditions better than most plants, which for the most part they can, but not always. Especially when they’re being continuously abused.
Let’s not forget about the ‘oh so easy to grow’ Aloe Vera, which I’ve tossed I don’t know how many of in the trash. Is there ever enough sun for these in my house? Uh…NO. Without sufficient light, they don’t grow properly, and I eventually get tired of caring for them when there are other plants that need my attention, so I end up throwing them away. Terrible, isn’t it? I mean, it’s really not the plant’s fault that I don’t have the ideal conditions, especially its need for very bright light. And perhaps I shouldn’t bring one of these home to begin with. But. I. Can’t. Resist. The. Temptation. They always look so beautiful at the greenhouse.

And don’t even get me started on the plant that ends up on many ‘easy-to-grow and-perfect-for-beginners’ lists: Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily). Easy? Pfft. Puh-lease. This has to be the most neurotic plant on earth. Can you say drama queen? In fact, if I was new to houseplants, this would not be the plant I’d start with; it would discourage me from growing anything else. Although it will stick around even in dire conditions (it won’t die easily), it will whine about every little thing. For this princess, it’s always too dark or too light or too dry or too humid or too warm or too cold. And it will faint regularly, leaves sprawled dramatically over its pot, when it’s under-watered or over-watered, leaving you juggling the watering can in frustration. But alas, I do love them, and end up bringing one after another home with me.
Alright, so it’s obvious that I have strong opinions about certain indoor plants that I’ve grown over the years. And although it’s difficult to find a houseplant that can fit the ‘perfect plant in almost every way’ category, it’s not impossible. Because in all my years of growing houseplants, I have come to realize that there is such a plant. And it goes by the name of Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’. As far as I’m concerned this is the perfect plant, and if you are new to houseplants, start with this one. It will encourage you to keep going.
Caring For The Silver Queen
One of the most widely-used plants in residential and commercial areas, the Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’ has an undemanding temperament and grows happily with minimal care. Resistant to disease and able to adapt to conditions that are detrimental to most other houseplants, this is the perfect candidate for the most inexperienced or negligent houseplant owner. Even pests are not much of an issue with this lovely plant. It’s not that they’re immune to infestations; it’s that they’re not easily prone to them. Because of their resilience, Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’ is usually neglected, often quite severely. And yet, this accommodating plant hangs in there, for better or worse. But why just have it hanging on when it can be looking its best with proper care.
Here’s what it needs:
One of the first things people assume about this plant is that it doesn’t need much light, and although it will survive in low light areas, the leaves of this plant require adequate light to maintain their decorative variegation. And the plant itself needs to be placed in a location that offers medium light for it to thrive. A position right up against a north or east window is ideal. The direct sun of south and west locations is not recommended, but a little early morning sun from an eastern location is.
Like many plants, this Aglaonema is no different when it comes to water requirements; it wants a perfect balance. Extremely susceptible to root rot from over-watering, it’s important to try and find that balance, although there’s no need to fret over it; this is a really tough plant that won’t keel over easily, even with watering habits that are less than desirable. As long as the watering blunders are infrequent, Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’ will survive them. If you’re ever unsure about whether your plant needs watering or not, give it one more day; it’s better to under-water than over-water.

If you live in an area where humidity is astonishingly low, usually during the winter months when the heating system is running, there’s no need to worry; Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’ is one plant that hardly, if ever, makes a fuss about humidity levels. But even though this beautiful houseplant won’t grumble when the air is dry, try to provide extra humidity when the levels plummet severely. Your plant will appreciate it, and you will discourage spider mites from moving in. In addition, gently wipe the leaves now and then to remove dust. Regular cleaning will help the plant breathe better, make the leaves shine and remove a few pesky critters.
To eliminate water woes, convert your Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’ to hydroculture; this plant is one of the most remarkable performers in this alternative growing style. Conversion is quick and painless; the plant hardly takes notice as you switch it from soil to clay pellets. Make sure to wash the roots free of soil to avoid the possibility of rot. Water roots should appear fairly quickly, anywhere between 4 – 8 weeks.
Perhaps the only thing that needs a little more attention is temperature. Although this highly-tolerant plant does well in a variety of settings, it does not do well with the cold. It prefers the warm and fuzzy feeling of a reasonably warm room away from cold drafts. It also does not like dealing with temperatures that fluctuate abruptly so don’t place it in a room where your thermostat will go up and down like a yo-yo. Be careful when placing your Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’ on a windowsill or near a door or window where the temperature is lower during the cold season. Keep your plant warm.
Although some sources will stress that this plant is a heavy feeder, that certainly has not been my experience with it. I’ve discovered that like many of its Aglaonema cousins, the ‘Silver Queen’ is a fairly slow grower and therefore does not need to be fed very often. My personal recommendation is to go easy on the fertilizer; give your plant a dose of liquid fertilizer, diluted to half recommended strength, no more than once a month during the spring and summer periods. I’d even go so far as suggesting that you feed only 2 – 3 times during the entire active growing season. Do not feed your plant at all during the late fall and throughout the winter, or if the plant is growing in poor lighting.
That’s all there is to it folks; the needs of this plant are simple and straightforward. It isn’t difficult to succeed with a plant that will put up with slapdash care. Even so, don’t just keep this lovely plant alive, care for it properly and encourage it to thrive.

Aglaonema Silver Queen

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Aglaonema Silver Queen is a species of genus aglaonema categorized under araceae plants family, native to tropical and subtropical regions of asia. Aglaonema is also known as Chinese evergreen because of its origin in South Asia, original Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Modestum) plant has deep green color leaves like peace lily petite. Aglaonema plants are attractive, varied, tough, drought tolerant, low maintenance and hard to kill houseplants with colorful foliage. Below are the specifications of offered plant:

Plant name: Aglaonema Silver Queen
Plant size: 6-10 inch approx
Potting medium : Potting mix
Pot size: 6 inch plastic pot
Location: Indoor, Shade
Light: Shade, artificial light
Watering: Less frequent
Temperature: 16 to 32 degree celsius

Aglaonemas are perfect houseplants which survive in adverse conditions for a plant, these are adaptable to low or artificial light, human livable temperature range and low humidity at ease, most of plants under the genre are care free about the potting medium as these can be grown in water, coco-peat or soil without hassle. If you are looking for an indoor plant, you should give a try to Aglaonemas, Peace Lilies, Dracaenas or Philodendrons, these will not disappoint or need much of your attention to bring tropical look and clean harmful pollutants from the indoors air.

Aglaonema Modestum was taken from China to Europe because of its nature to thrive in the natural temperature between 16 to 45 degree celsius (60 to 113 degree fahrenheit) while indoor air conditioner temperature between 18 to 24 degree celsius. Aglaonemas major commercial cultivation started in Europe and from there it was taken to United States in seventies. It is matter of pride to have an aglaonema plant added to interiors green decoration, there are more than 100 patent varieties of aglaonema in the United States which are cultivated with monopoly because of its high demand, foliage, beauty and adaptability to indoor weather conditions.

Aglaonemas vary in shapes, shades, height and sizes, these can suite to most types of landscape or interior design. Aglaonemas were part of NASA clean air study and found to be effective air purifier plants which remove most of common indoor air pollutants including benzene and formaldehyde.

We have tested its different varieties by placing them at living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, thick shades at Delhi weather conditions for more than couple of years and it works. The plant does not require to be fed or watered frequently, watering it once in a month and a spoon of fertilizer every spring in the indoor conditions, makes it more than happy.

Go ahead and buy the plant online or by visiting our offline store for more exclusive collections, the plant tolerates ignoring nature, adds exotic elegance to the interiors design, improves air quality, helps to fight sick building syndrome and last but not least helps to bring good luck.

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